We are accustomed to thinking about silver as a kind of metal that is used to make coins and jewellery. But, with the discovery of nanoparticles and nano silver, silver uses and applications in medicine and healthcare have become common practice.
Silver as Anti-Bacterial
Knowledge of Silver’s anti-bacterial properties has long been established. The ancient Phoenicians knew enough to keep water, wine and vinegar in silver vessels to ensure freshness. It is only recently, however, that scientists have discovered why silver works. Quite simply, silver interrupts the bacteria cell’s ability to form the chemical bonds essential to its survival. These bonds produce the cell’s physical structure so when bacteria meets silver it literally falls apart.
Wound dressings containing silver have been an important aspect of healthcare for more than a century; soldiers in World War I relied heavily upon such dressings. Silver has actually been proven to promote the growth of new cells, thereby increasing the rate at which wounds can heal. And, unlike other metals with antimicrobial properties, it is not toxic to humans.
Silver in Nanotechnology
Nanoscale silver particles have been used in pigments, photographics, wound treatment, conductive/antistatic composites, catalysts, and as a biocide. Its biocidal applications are among the most studied today.
Silver’s antibacterial qualities have applications that reach far beyond the medical world. Washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, air purifiers and vacuum cleaners all rely upon silver nanoparticles to sterilise up to 650 types of bacteria. Nanotechnology is still at a very early stage in terms of its usage. The full extent of its application remains to be seen but scientists and consumers are hopeful regarding the environmental implications of nanotechnology.
101 Uses of Silver in Everyday Life
The website silvercoins.com, celebrates all things silver. One of its articles lists 101 Uses of Silver in Everyday Life and some of the healthcare-related uses of silver mentioned in the list are: silver sulfadiazine as a topical cream to treat burns, silver nitrate as treatment for warts and corns, uses in implants and prosthesis, conjunctivitis drops for newborn babies, dental fillings, water purification in developing countries, cauterising agent in surgeries, antidote in mercury poisoning, and skin and body care.
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Source: Learn more from www.silverinstitute.org.